Cash for Appliance program begins on Saturday - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Cash for Appliance program begins on Saturday

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - On Saturday morning, stores across Louisiana will open early for the start of the "Cash for Appliances" program.

The program uses federal funds to give rebates on energy saving appliances.

"The federal government has allotted funds to each state to give the people that are going to be replacing appliances, it's a replacement program, not a new program," said C & C Audio, Video and Appliance owner, Robert LeBlanc.

It will run until February of next year, or until the allocated $4.2 million in rebates runs out.

It is important to remember you cannot make a purchase until you reserve your rebate, and you can't reserve one until tomorrow the 24th.

There are two ways to do that, you can either call 1-877-223-6979 or log onto empowerlouisiana.org.

Once the item is purchased a few more steps remain.

"The consumer then contacts the state again to tell them they've purchased that item. They give them the brand name, model number, the serial number. The state then gives them over the Internet or mails them some more paperwork and you have to send back a copy of the invoice, a copy of the UPC code and a copy of a utility bill," said LeBlanc.

By following the process you could find yourself saving big money on appliances here in Louisiana.

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